Brachychiton rupestris /Queensland Bottle Tree, Bottle Tree

Brachychiton rupestris  / Brachychiton rupestris
Typical foliage of the Narrow-leaf Bottle Tree
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Typical foliage of the Narrow-leaf Bottle Tree

Relatively young tree in a southern California botanical garden

Close view of the foliage

Relatively young tree just before swelling begins to show on the tree

Close view of the narrow, glossy foliage

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Scientific Name: Brachychiton rupestris
Common Name: Queensland Bottle Tree, Bottle Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This tree is native to Queensland, Australia and is noted for it swollen trunks which give rise to its common name. It is a drought-tolerant tree, using its swollen trunk to store water. Foliage is quite variable in shape. Clusters of yellow, bell-shaped flowers are hidden within the foliage as are the boat-shaped fruit which follow flowering. The bottle-shaped trunks are not very visible until the tree is about fifteen years old. Best suited for temperate subtropical and tropical climates.